Projects

DLA Projects

African Temple

AFRIKAN MAGIC TEMPLE: VOODOO IN GHANA

Gigi Gatewood, Sena Voncujovi (’17), Pele Voncujovi (’19), Nosagie Asaolu  (’18), Tony Salvi Hoxha (’15), Sunita Prasad

Project Details

The Afrikan Magic Temple is a multimedia website that incorporates written explanations, supporting photographs, interactive tools, and video footage to begin a conversation about the history and practices of Voodoo.

Status: In Progress
Departments involved: Studio Art

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BODY & EARTH

Andrea Olsen, Caryn McHose, Scotty Hardwig, Daniel Houghton, Matt Lennon, Jim Coleman, Doug LeCours 

Project Details

Body & Earth: Seven Web-based Somatic Exercises links the environment with the deep intelligence of the body through digital media. The seven films featured in this project move viewers through somatic exercises practiced by professional dancers and dance students amidst visually rich environments. The project included deep collaborations among a large group of performers, videographers, and educators and was filmed in local and international locations. Visit the Body & Earth website for a full list of collaborators.

Status: Completed
URL: http://www.body-earth.org/
Departments involved: Dance, Film & Media Culture
Technologies, Platforms, & Methods: Filmmaking

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THE COLLINWOOD FIRE, 1908

Michael Newbury, Daniel Houghton, Elise Biette (‘16.5), Maddie Dai (’14), Hosain Ghassemi (’17), James Graham (’16), Justin Holmes, Chad Kahn (’16), Sofy Maia (’16)

Project Details

The Collinwood Fire unites digital animation and historical research to tell the story of an elementary school fire in Collinwood, Ohio that killed 172 children. Through both the short animated film and the multimedia website, the project offers paths into thinking about the horror of the event and the historical moment that surrounded it.

Status: In progress
Departments involved: American Studies
Technologies, Platforms, & Methods: Animation, WordPress

Anime Eye

CONNECTING LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL CONTENT

Sayaka Abe

Project Details

Connecting Language and Cultural Content will create a searchable database of a set of authentic Japanese cultural materials that are linguistically meaningful to be used for Japanese language instructors and researchers.

Status: In Progress
Departments involved: Japanese

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DIGITAL CHOREOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE

Christal Brown

Project Details

The Digital Choreographic Archive provides access to newly digitized videos that trace Christal Brown’s choreographic and performance career.

Status: In progress
Departments involved: Dance
Technologies, Platforms, & Methods: Digitization, Video editing

Wildfire

DISCOURSES OF WILDFIRE IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST

Marybeth Nevins

Project Details

Discourses of Wildfire in the Mountain West will produce a working corpus database model that will be used to sample and analyze public responses to wildfire in Northern California. Drawing from government documents, contemporary media, and newly collected interviews, Discourses of Wildfire will provide a multivalent view of the many and interconnected stakeholders affected by wildfire in the mountain west.

Status: In Progress
Departments involved: Sociology/Anthropology

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DISLOCATED: KINSHIP, FORCED REMOVALS, AND REMEMBERING

Susan Burch, Levi Westerveld (‘15.5), Joy Wood (’17), Patrick Schmidt (’18)

Project Details

Dislocated foregrounds the life story of incarcerated Dakota member Elizabeth Fairbault and her kin from the late 1800s through the present day. Because indigenous understandings of kinship and history differ significantly from white U.S. concepts of family and of history, new digital visualizations of kinship are necessary.

Status: In Progress
Departments involved: American Studies

 

LAND AND LENS: PHOTOGRAPHERS ENVISION THE ENVIRONMENT

Kirsten Hoving, Kirk Horton, Tevan Goldberg, Sam Kudman, Danny Padilla, Kristin Richards, Scott Waller, Danielle Weindling, Rachel Kang

Project Details

Instead of publishing an exhibition catalogue to be read after visiting the museum, the Middlebury College Museum of Art exhibition Land and Lens: Photographers Envision the Environment featured a digital catalogue. Visitors to the museum could access it on the spot on mobile or tablet devices. It is also available online. Featuring seventy-one photographs drawn primarily from the Museum’s rich holdings of historic and contemporary photography, Land and Lens was curated by Kirsten Hoving, Professor of History of Art, with the assistance of numerous students in her classes, interns, and research assistants.

Status: Completed
Departments involved: History of Art and Architecture; Middlebury College Museum of Art

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LEGENDS OF KINTAMANI

Su Lian Tan, Daniel Houghton, Hosain Ghassemi (’17), Ruben Gilbert (’15), James Graham (’16), Justin Holmes, Sofy Maia (’16), Coumba Winfield (’17)

Project Details

Legends of Kintamani is an original cello concerto composed by Su Lian Tan to be performed live before large animated murals of mythical Bali produced in the DLA’s Animation Studio.   The piece and murals debuted at Oberlin college in the spring of 2016. On Saturday, October 8th, 2016 at 8pm, the piece will be performed at the Mahaney Center for the Arts in Roberts Hall at Middlebury College. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit the Performing Arts Series 2016-2017 Season schedule.

Status: Completed
Departments involved: Music
Technologies, Platforms, & Methods: Animation

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MAPPING AERIAL BELIZE

James Fitzsimmons

Project Details

The purpose of Mapping Aerial Belize is to create a digital walk through of the archaeological site of Cuello, Belize through aerial as well as surface video footage of the site.

Status: In Progress
Departments involved: Sociology/Anthropology
Technologies, Platforms, Methods: Drone video recording

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MIDD ITALIANO

Tom Van Order, Mikaela Taylor (‘15.5)

Project Details

Midd Italiano is an online text for introductory Italian courses geared toward college-aged adults. The first phase of this project resulted in a digital textbook currently used by the Italian department at Middlebury College. The second phase of this project, now in progress, will replace all copyrighted materials with original objects and will be released as an open access textbook.

Status: Phase I complete; Phase II In Progress
Departments involved: Italian
Technologies, Platforms, & Methods: WordPress, Audio & Video recording, Open Access

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MIDD WINGS

Alex Draper, Dare Clubb, Anatoly Smeliansky, Christopher Merrill, Igor Zolotovitsky

Project Details

Midd Wings explores the possibilities of a live international “salon” that gathers participants, via videoconferencing, in multiple locations for conversation sparked by a live theatre performance with actors in multiple locations. This highly experimental piece joins performance spaces in Vermont and Moscow and is scheduled to air in Spring of 2016.

Status: In Progress
Departments involved: Theatre
Technologies, Platforms, & Methods: Videoconferencing

 The More

THE REAL WORK

Jamie McCallum , Lena Jacobs (‘17.5 ), Molly Stuart (’15), James Graham (’16), Ethan Murphy, Sunita Prasad

Project Details

The Real Work is a short film and video essay that offers viewers a critique of the value of hard work. Participants were hired to dig holes and discuss their experiences of labor.

Status: Completed
Departments involved: Sociology/Anthropology
Technologies, Platforms, & Methods: Filmmaking

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SPRING PEEPERS

Daniel Houghton, Peter Hamlin

Project Details

Spring Peepers, an interactive installation, invited participants to playfully move with and around animations of projected spring peepers (a frog species common to Vermont). When zero viewers were present at the installation, the peepers wandered around their swamp randomly. When at least one viewer was present, the peepers chase the viewer, circling around the viewer’s body position until they became frightened and moved away. The installation was updated, soon after installation, to include sound based on the velocity of each peeper’s movement. The temporary exhibition was a collaboration between Daniel Houghton and Peter Hamlin and was utilized in both an Electronic Music Course and a Movement and Media dance course.

Status: Completed
Departments involved: Music, Dance
Technologies, Platforms, & Methods: xBox Kinect, C++, Open Sound Control (OSC)

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TRANSFORM

Louisa Stein, Annie Wymard (’15), Denisse De La Cruz (’17)

Project Details

Transform, a book project produced in Scalar, includes curated collections of digital avatars, icons, and GIFs—the ephemeral imagery that people use for self representation online.

Status: In Progress
Departments involved: Film and Media Culture
Technologies, Platforms, & Methods: Scalar, Digital publishing

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UNDERSTANDING EXPRESSED DESIRE

Martin Seehuus, Joey Button (’17), Emily Eslinger (’18), Rachel Copulsky (’16), Rubby Paulino (’18), Kaitlyn Kuvalanka (’17)

Project Details

Understanding Expressed Desire captures and analyzes pre-existing online sexual fantasies which were posted, read, and rated anonymously on websites dedicated to the sharing of such stories.

Status: In progress
Departments involved: Psychology
Technologies, Platforms, & Methods: Web scraping, R, Text mining>

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WORLDS OF SOLOMON NORTHUP

Amy Morsman, Julia Kendrick (’17), Leah Lavigne (’16)

Project Details

The Worlds of Solomon Northup is a digital archive that details the story of Solomon Northup, a free man of color from New York, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841 and liberated and returned to the north twelve years later.

Status: In Progress
Departments involved: History
Technologies, Platforms, & Methods: Digital archives

Legacy Projects

The history of digital projects at Middlebury didn’t begin with the Digital Liberal Arts Initiative. Here are a few digital projects we’re proud to include. If you have a digital project you’d like included on this page, email us at dla[@]middlebury[.]edu.

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ARCTIC STORIES

Peter Lourie (Creative Writing)

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BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG

Anne Knowles (Geography)

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CHICAGO FREEDOM MOVEMENT

Jim Ralph (History)

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COMPLEX TV

Jason Mittell (Film & Media Culture)

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DECIMÓNICA

Miguel A. Fernández (Spanish & Portuguese)

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FIELD HOUSE MUSEUM

Holly Allen (American Studies)

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HOLOCAUST GEOGRAPHIES

Anne Knowles (Geography)

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[IN]TRANSITION

Chris Keathley (FMMC), Jason Mittell (FMMC)

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MAHRI DIGITAL ARCHIVE

Sam Leibhaber (Arabic)

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MIDDLEBURY HISTORY ONLINE

Special Collections & Archives

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PORTULANO

Spanish & Portuguese

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THE SOUTH CHINA SEA

David A. Rosenberg (Political Science)